March 2, 2024



X-rays have been detected from behind a black hole for the first time ever

Interesting Engineering

Created: Aug 8, 2022 10:06 AM


Researchers at Stanford University have found an odd pattern while observing the X-rays from the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy 800 million light-years away. The black hole, it appears, is spewing out these rays into the universe around it.

Dan Wilkins, who made the observations, saw a number of thrilling, but not unusual, bright X-ray flares. Then, the telescopes caught a surprise: more X-ray flashes that were smaller, later, and had different “colors” than the bright flares.

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